A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Advent: God Is Speaking to Us

"It is as if God said to humanity, 'Now things are based not on you, but on me! Based on you, on your thought and actions, there was sin; based on me, there is forgiveness and the power of a new life. Based on you, there is distress and affliction; based on me, there is help and salvation. Based on you, there is always opposition, one against the other; based on me, there is togetherness and being for one another. Based on you, there are all kinds of false valuations of greatness, position, money, education; based on me, there is humility and fellowship. Based on you, there is coarseness, violence, severity, and much noisemaking; based on me, there is what is fine, quiet, interior. Based on you, the most exalted lord and ruler is death; based on me, there is eternal life.' That is how we might imagine God tells us of the change that has come about through Jesus Christ, a fact that can never be undone."

--Karl Barth

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